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#163 Public Extractor

B17_#163 // Public Toilet // The Bakerloos Whilst the Victorians tried to get hold of the smell of urine pervading their pre-automotive cities, our generation is yet to be seen dealing effectively with a far more damaging stench. The fumes from the ever-increasing traffic on […]

#162 Spend A Penny

B17_#162 // Spend A Penny // Emma Colthurst  These Victorian urinals are repurposed to an alternative ‘restroom’… a space for relaxation and contemplation. The grandeur of the arched forms are celebrated as they encompass their porcelain necessity. Some visitors pass through, while other linger as they […]

#161 Homeless Laundromat +

B17_#161 // Homeless Laundromat + // Enzo Lara-Hamilton What was previously an abandoned public toilet might now be restored and developed into an altruistic project. One that provides necessary services to the homeless. This new laundromat typology hopes to embrace and attempt to fix a […]

#160 The Escape Room

B17_#160 // The Escape Room // Luke Reveley Hidden under London’s streets are hundreds of abandoned spaces, once used as haunts for those who weren’t accepted by society and now running into disrepair. 
In the Escape Room, the space is appropriated by a single user […]

Brief 17

The Underground Public Toilet ‘ Cacator cave Malum!’ – Shitter Beware Evil: Goddess Fortuna, guardian of the latrine user, enscribed in a Pompeiian public toilet There are few better manifestations of the British national character than London’s subterranean public toilets, hiding their modesty discreetly beneath its streets. […]

#159 The Director’s Cut – His & Hers

B16_#159 // The Director’s Cut – His & Hers // Emma Colthurst The ancient Saranbang collides with the temporal nature of the K-Pop film set. Here, the woman’s image is dictated from the directors chair. Once a space positioned at ‘the front’ of the house, the […]

#158 Sarang Gallery

B16_#158 // Sarang Gallery // Lloyd Lee Abandoned meaning of Sarangbang leaves the architectural shell. The shell could be occupied by anything and everything.  Sarangbang could already be occupied for a lot of things. It had already been a shell for a multi-purpose room, attached to […]

#157 Period, End of Sentence

B16_#157 // period, end of sentence // Berney Kimberley The Sarangbang as culture sanctuary, defined as the mens room, often contains a separate study; the Sarangchae, forbidden to women as they aren’t to be educated. It is the place in which men cultivate and exchange […]

#156 Untitled

B16_#156 // Untitled // The Bakerloos  Taking queues from ‘conversation pits’ of the ’70s, the space retains the communal gathering function of the Saranbang but instead proposes one inclusive, informal lounging landscape for all residents at the centre of the home. Simple fixed elements reference […]

#155 Sarang-bnb

B16_#155 // Sarangbang // Enzo Lara-Hamilton The Sarangbang has been mangled. It has been twisted by the infinite reach of c a p i t a l i s m. A once humble, male-only study, is now globally rated for its cosiness and Wi-Fi speed. The […]

Brief 16

Saranbang (사랑방)  Sarangbang is perhaps a Korean equivalent to the “Western reception room”, except for a wide scope of functions it can accommodate from guest reception to sleeping. Sarangbang is also gender specified, built only for men1. It used to be the focal point of […]

Welcome // VOL4

We are very excited to announce the arrival of Season 4. The new season marks the beginning of a new chapter “APPROPRIATION” in which we critique the prevalent homogenising process of architecture within our profession. “Homogenising architectural regulations, precedents and techniques around the globe led […]